FLOOD GALLERY FINE ART CENTER PRESENTS
"Robert Dunning: A Solo Exhibition "
Opening Reception: Friday, November 7th, 7:00pm to 10:00pm
On view November 7th - December 13th
Asheville, NC—(November 7, 2008) – This fall the Flood Gallery Fine Art Center (“Flood Gallery”) is proud to present the much anticipated solo-exhibition of Robert Dunning, Department Chair and Professor of Art, from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. This exhibition, on view November 7th through December 13th, exemplifies Dunning’s distinctive ability to blend invented abstract biomorphic forms with figurative imagery. The opening reception is slated for the evening of Friday, November 7th from 7pm to 10pm, and is free and open to the public. The Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, located at 109 Roberts Street on the second floor of the Phil Mechanic Studios building, is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm. For more information, please visit www.floodgallery.org or call 828.254.2166.
"The strength and appeal of Robert Dunning’s work lies in his ability to pull together a multiple media piece that suggests the illusion of depth not only through drawing or shading techniques, but also through low relief that is built up in numerous overlapping planes. For the viewer, the formation of layers upon layers of cracked, encrusted, or submerged elements evokes a sense of an ancient artifact deteriorating before our eyes," says Flood Gallery board member and UNCA Professor of Art History, Dr. Cynthia Canejo.
Robert Dunning received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from East Carolina University in 1979, taught secondary and collegiate level art shortly after, and received his M.F.A. from Indiana University in 1987. Dunning’s artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. His works are featured in various private, corporate, and university collections such as Kansas City Art Institute, the Asheville Art Museum, North Carolina State Government Permanent Collection, and many others. Dunning currently lives and works in Western North Carolina, where he teaches printmaking, drawing, collage assemblage, and 2-D and 3-D design for the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Dunning’s artwork, constructed layer by layer utilizing collage, printmaking, drawing, painting, and relief work, explores the themes found within innocence, fertility and growth as well as the privately spiritual and psychological forces that influence them. His intuitively developed compositions reveal layers of texture and the overall character of Dunning’s constructed surfaces, thus completing the themes of growth and the effects of withering and aging.
Flood Gallery Fine Art Center
The Flood Gallery Fine Art Center is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Asheville through the exhibition of established and emerging artists from all over the world. Through artist-residency programs, public events and workshops, and educational activities, Flood Gallery seeks to make art a vital and important part of life in Asheville. The Flood Gallery Fine Art Center is a membership organization. You can find out more by visiting the website at http://www.floodgallery.org
Flood Gallery Fine Art Center programming is made possible through the generous support of the Dan Lucas Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.
Robert Dunning 2008